The Jews’ attempts to kill the Prophet
Praise be to Allah.
The Jews wanted to kill the Messenger on several occasions, including the following:
1 – When he was an infant. Ibn Sa’d narrated in al-Tabaqaat, with an isnaad going back to Ishaaq ibn Abdullah that when the mother of the Prophet gave him to the Sa’di woman who breastfed him, she said to her, “Keep him safe,” and she told her what she had seen. Haleemah al-Sa’diyyah passed by some Jews and said, “Will you not tell me about this son of mine? I conceived him in such and such a manner, and I gave birth to him in such and such a manner, and I saw such and such,” and she repeated what his mother had told her. They said to one another, “Kill him!” They asked her, “Is he an orphan?” She said, “No, this is his father and I am his mother.” They said, “If he had been an orphan we would have killed him.” Haleemah (his wet nurse) took him and said, “I nearly lost that which had been entrusted to me.”
This report is mursal, but the men of its isnaad are thiqaat (trustworthy).
2 – They tried to kill him after Badr. Banu al-Nadeer sent for him to come out to them with thirty of his companions, and said “We will send out thirty of our rabbis, to meet in such and such a place, halfway between us and you, so that they can listen to you. If they believe in you then we will all believe in you.” Then they said: “How can we reach an understanding when there are sixty of us? Send out three of your companions and we will send out three of our scholars to listen to you. They were carrying concealed daggers and they wanted to kill the Messenger of Allah . A sincere woman from among Banu al-Nadeer sent word to her nephew (her brother’s son) who was a Muslim man from among the Ansaar, and told him about that, and he told the Prophet . The Prophet went back, and the following day he brought his troops and besieged them, and the Jews of Banu al-Nadeer were expelled. This story was narrated by Abdur-Razzaaq in his Musannaf, and by Abu Dawood in his Sunan (3004), via Abdur-Razzaaq, but he does not mention the details of the story, rather he says, “… ‘They will listen to you and if they believe in you, we shall believe in you.’ The narrator then narrated the whole story. When the next day came, the Messenger of Allah went out in the morning with an army, and besieged them.”
[This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh Abi Dawood]
3 – Ibn Ishaaq mentions another reason for the expulsion of Banu al-Nadeer, which is that the Prophet went to Banu al-Nadeer to ask them for help in paying the diyah of two men of ahl al-dhimmah who had been killed by mistake by ‘Amr ibn Umayyah al-Dumari. The Prophet sat by a wall belonging to Banu al-Nadeer, and they plotted to throw a rock on him and kill him. The Revelation informed him of that and he rushed back to Madeenah, then he issued orders that they should be besieged.
4 – Then came the poisoning incident, after the conquest of Khaybar. Al-Bukhaari (2617) and Muslim (2190) narrated from Anas that a Jewish woman came to the Messenger of Allaah with some poisoned mutton. The Messenger of Allah ate from it, then he asked her about that. She said, “I wanted to kill you.” He said, “Allah would not let you do that.” They said, “Shall we kill her?” He said, “No.” He said, I can still see the effect of that on the palate of the Messenger of Allah .
Al-Nawawi said: It is as if the poison still left some trace of blackness etc.
The name of this woman was Zaynab bint al-Haarith, the wife of Salaam ibn Mashkam, one of the leaders of the Jews.
The reports differ as to whether or not she was killed. It seems that the Prophet did not kill her at first, but when Bishr ibn al-Bara’ ibn Ma’roor died as a result of the effects of this food, then he executed her as a qisaas punishment.
Al-Bukhaari (5777) narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: When Khaybar was conquered, a roasted poisoned sheep was presented to the Prophet as a gift (by the Jews). The Messenger of Allah said, “Let all the Jews who have been here, be assembled before me.” The Jews were gathered and the Messenger of Allah said, “Will you now tell me the truth, if I ask you about something?” They replied, “Yes.” He asked, “Have you poisoned this sheep?” They said, “Yes.” He asked, “What made you do that?” They said, “We wanted to know if you were a liar in which case we would have got rid of you, and if you are a Prophet then the poison would not harm you.”
The Prophet used to feel ill because of this food, and he would be treated with cupping for that.
Ahmad (2784) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that a Jewish woman sent a gift to the Messenger of Allah of a poisoned roasted sheep. He sent for her and asked her, “What made you do what you did?” She said, “I wanted to see if you were a Prophet, then Allah would tell you about it, and if you were not a Prophet the people would be rid of you.” Whenever the Messenger of Allah felt ill as a result of that he would have himself treated by cupping. On one occasion he traveled and when he entered ihraam he felt ill as a result of that and he had himself treated by cupping. The editor of al-Musnad classed it as saheeh.
That had an impact in causing his death, so he died as a martyr (shaheed), as Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
“If I were to swear by Allah nine times that the Messenger of Allah was killed, that is more beloved to me than swearing once, because Allaah made him a Prophet and made him a martyr.” Narrated by Ahmad, 3617. The editors said, its isnaad is saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim.
Al-Sindi said: The words “he was killed” mean by the poison in the meat of the sheep’s foreleg that he ate, when the effects of that appeared when he was dying.
Quoted from Haashiyat al-Musnad, 6/116.
Al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh, in a mu’allaq report, and al-Haakim narrated in his Mustadrak in a mawsool report, that A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The Prophet used to say, in the illness which would be his last, ‘O ‘Aa’ishah, I still feel the pain of the food that I ate in Khaybar, and this time I feel that my aorta is being cut from that poison.”
The aorta is the vein that is towards the back and is connected to the heart; if it is cut then the person will die.
The conquest of Khaybar took place in Muharram or Rabee’ al-Awwal of the year 7 AH. So this event took place four years before the Prophet died.
This is in addition to the recorded crimes of the Jews which know no limit in ancient or modern times. The enmity between us and them will last until we fight them and kill them at the end of time, as the Prophet has told us.
See al-Yahood fi’l-Sunnah al-Mutahharah, by Dr. Abdullaah ibn Naasir al-Shaqaari; Zaad al-Ma’aad, 3/279
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I want to address the last point made in this article, specifically about the enmity between Jews and Muslims. I am not disputing the conflicts between the Muslims and the Medinan Jews or the breaking of the treaty between the Muslims and the Banu Qurayza. Rather I would appeal to my fellow Muslims to look carefully at what the Qur'an says about the People of the Book (Ahl al-Kitab):
Surah 3: 113 "They are not all the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing (in obedience), reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating (in prayer). They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and hasten to good deeds. And those are among the righteous."
Surah 29:46 "And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who have committed injustice among them, and say, 'We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one."
As Muslims, we have a shared heritage of monotheism beginning with Ibrahim (alayhi salaam) and Musa (alayhi salaam), the prophets of the Jews, continuing with Isa (alayhi salaam) and ending with Muhammad (salahi wallahi wassalam). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself married a Christian and Muslim men are allowed to marry women who have the status of People of the Book. Therefore let us focus on how we can reach out to our Jewish and Christian brothers and sisters.
02-Mar-2012 07:51 PM
A Jewish woman thinking about embracing Islam
I have very difficult question and I this is my only hope that you can help me to find the answer.
I am Russian Jewish girl and I know this Muslim guy for over a year. The longer we know each other, the more problems and difficulties we face. Not in the religious or cultural ways. We love each other and there is an issue of whether he can marry me or not. He is very good Muslim and he comes from traditional family. I am very found of his believes and believes of his family.
I was born in very agnostic country and couldn't be properly introduced into any religion. It was forbidden. When I came to US I started my research on different religions and found out, that my believes do not really match all jewish sayings.
I did a lot of research on Islam and by looking at him and couple other Muslim boys and girls, and by reading Quran, I have very strong feeling that I could become a good Muslim. I want to go to school to learn the culture and religion more precise, to learn the language. I contacted the mosque and was ready to go... but I faced the issue: would I be accepted as Muslim sister like other people who came from different religions accept Jewish?
Jewish and Muslims are in big contradictions and I know that friendship is almost impossible. I am praying to God (in my home language - Russian), to lead me the right way to achieve my believes. Please, help me to find my answers!
Thank you very much.
Praise be to Allaah.
“I have very strong feeling that I could become a good Muslim.” The way you express yourself so clearly in your message indicates that you are indeed open to the truth and have been sincerely seeking for it.
“I am praying to God (in my home language –Russian), to lead me to the right way…” What you say here, at the end of your message, makes the Muslim reader feel deeply moved by the story of a woman who has turned towards Allah after realizing that He answers the prayers of those who call on Him and ask for guidance to the right way. Allah says in the Quran (interpretation of the meaning): “And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them, by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [al-Baqarah 2:186]. It is a good sign that your heart appears to be open to Islam. Allah also tells us in the Qur’aan: “And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam, and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky…” [al-An’aam 6:125]
Please note that Muslims who understand their religion properly will not feel any kind of reservation or resentment towards any brother or sister who embraces Islam, no matter what their origins. The fact that a new Muslim comes from a Jewish or Christian background should not be a reason for any kind of discrimination or prejudice. We will give you two examples from Islamic history of two Jews – one man and one woman – who entered Islam.
The first one is Abu Yoosuf Abdullaah ibn Salaam (may Allah be pleased with him). Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “When Abdullah ibn Salaam heard that the Messenger of Allah had come to Madeenah, he came to him and said, ‘I am going to ask you about three things which no one knows except a Prophet. What is the first Sign of the Hour? What is the first food that the people of Paradise will eat? And how is it that a child may resemble either his father or his maternal uncles?’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Jibreel has just now informed me about these.’ Abdullah ibn Salaam said, ‘He is the enemy of the Jews among the angels.’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The first sign of the Hour is a fire that will gather the people together from the East to the West. The first food that the people of Paradise will eat will be the caudate (extra) lobe of fish-liver. As for the child resembling one parent or another, when a man has intercourse with his wife, if the man’s discharge precedes the woman’s discharge, the child will resemble the man, and if the woman’s discharge precedes the man’s, the child will resemble the woman.” [Abdullah] said: ‘I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allah…’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3082).
Al-Bukhaari also reported: “ Abdullah ibn Salaam came and said: ‘I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allah and that you have brought the truth. The Jews know that I am the best of them and the son of the best of them, and I am the most knowledgeable of them and the son of the most knowledgeable of them, so call them and ask them about me before they know that I have become Muslim, for if they know that I have become Muslim, they will say things about me that are not true.’ The Prophet sent for them and they came to him. The Messenger of Allah said to them, ‘O Jews, woe to you! Fear Allah, for by Allah besides Whom there is no other god, you know that I am truly the Messenger of Allah and that I come to you with the truth, so become Muslim.’ They said, ‘We know nothing about that.’ He said it three times… He said, ‘What kind of man is Abdullah ibn Salaam among you?’ They said, ‘He is the best of us and the son of the best of us; he is the most knowledgeable of us and the son of the most knowledgeable among us.’ He said, ‘What would you think if he became Muslim?’ They said, ‘May Allah protect him from that! He would never become Muslim.’ He said, ‘What would you think if he became Muslim?’ They said, ‘May Allah protect him from that! He would never become Muslim.’ He said, ‘What would you think if he became Muslim?’ They said, ‘May Allah protect him from that! He would never become Muslim.’ He said, ‘O son of Salaam, come out to them.’ He [Abdullah] came out and said, ‘O Jews, fear Allah! By Allah besides Whom there is no other god, you know that he is the Messenger of Allah and that he has come with the truth.’ They said, ‘You are lying!’ The Messenger of Allah told them to leave.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3621)
This man’s Jewish origins did not prevent him from being one of those who were given the glad tidings of Paradise before they died. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I never heard the Messenger of Allah saying to any man who walked on the face of the earth that he would be one of the people of Paradise except for Abdullah ibn Salaam. Concerning him, the aayah (interpretation of the meaning) ‘… and a witness from among the Children of Israel testifies that this Qur’aan is from Allaah…’ [al-Ahqaaf 46:10] was revealed.”
The Jewish woman who became Muslim was Safiyyah bint Huyay ibn Akhtab, from the Jews of Khaybar, who believed in Allaah as her Lord, Islam as her religion, and Muhammad as her Prophet.
This Jewish woman Safiyyah, who embraced Islam, became a mother for all of us Muslims, as Allah said in the Qur’aan (interpretation of the meaning): “The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers…” [al-Ahzaab 33:6].
Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet stayed between Khaybar and Madeenah for three days when he got married to Safiyyah bint Huyay, and invited the Muslims to his waleemah (wedding feast)… The Muslims said, ‘Is she one of the Mothers of the Believers or is she one of those whom his right hand possesses?’ They said, ‘If he covers her, then she is one of the Mothers of the Believers and if he does not cover her, then she is one of those whom his right hand possesses.’ When he got on his camel, he made her ride behind him, and he put a screen between her and the people.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4762).
Safiyyah (may Allaah be pleased with her) was the one for whom the Prophet came out of seclusion (I’tikaaf) especially to accompany her to her house. (The one who is in seclusion for worship is not allowed to come out except for a valid reason). ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that Safiyyah, the wife of the Prophet told him that she came to the Messenger of Allaah to visit him whilst he was in I’tikaaf in the mosque, during the last ten days of Ramadaan. She spoke with him for a while, then she wanted to go back to her house, so the Prophet got up and took her back… (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1894)
According to another report: The Prophet was in the mosque, and his wives were with him, then they left. He said to Safiyyah bint Huyay, “Don’t rush, I will go with you.” Her home was in the house of Usaamah, and the Prophet
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